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Family arrested in Texas being investigated for local bank heists

Family arrested in Texas being investigated for local bank heists

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – A McMinnville family accused in a string of bank robberies in Texas is now being investigated for two bank robberies in McMinnville.

Police in Texas said when the father, son and daughter were arrested, the father admitted to five robberies in Oregon, but that was the extent of the information.

But on Wednesday, McMinnville police said there's a "strong possibility that they're the suspects" in their two unsolved bank robberies.

This came to light when sheriff's deputies near Houston, Texas arrested Ronald Scott Catt, 50, and his children, Hayden, 20, and Abby, 18, last week.

Detectives said the father and son wore construction vests and guns. Hayden had a fake mustache while Abby drove the getaway car.

Back in McMinnville, where the family used to live, and the kids had been honor students and competitive swimmers at McMinnville High School, police said they’re looking at whether the father is the masked man who robbed the First Federal Bank on Baker Creek Road in August 2006.

The man didn't show a gun.

A year later, a masked man robbed the Washington Mutual Bank on Highway 99 in McMinnville. Police said it looked like he had a gun. The man got away with a few thousand dollars.

It is unknown if the children were involved in the local robberies.

"It's kind of surreal. I didn't want to believe it," said Jericho Kizer, Abby's roommate.

"If it were anybody else asking her to do that she would never have done it. I think out of loyalty, she felt like she had to," she said.

Detectives believe the trio pulled off seven bank heists in two states while wearing disguises.

Federal court records show Ronald Scott Catt had declared bankruptcy in 2003 and 2005. But the bankruptcies were dismissed.

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